Dental bridges are dental appliances used to replace one or more missing teeth in your mouth.
Dental bridges are fixed, in that they are cemented to the supporting (surrounding) teeth. In some cases they are fixed on a dental implant that has been placed next to the missing teeth for the purpose of support.
Types of dental bridges:
- Traditional dental bridge: This type of bridge uses adjacent teeth, called abutment teeth, as support. A traditional bridge usually consists of three or more crowns (one for each tooth to be replaced) and two pontics (false teeth). The pontics are attached to the crowns on either side of the gap left by the missing tooth.
- Cantilever dental bridge: This type of dental bridge uses only one abutment tooth for support and is used when there are teeth on only one side of the space left by the missing tooth.
- Resin-bonded dental bridge: Also called an adhesive dental bridge, this type of dental bridge uses a metal or ceramic framework with pontics attached to the backside of the framework. The framework is then bonded to the adjacent teeth using a resin cement.
Dental bridges are an alternative to dentures and dental implants. If you are considering getting a dental bridge, talk to your dentist about which option is right for you.
What are the benefits of dental bridges?
Dental bridges have many different advantages. They can:
- Restore your smile
- Restore the function of your teeth
- Maintain the shape of your face by preventing sagging around the mouth
- Make it easier to eat and speak
- Distribute forces evenly across teeth when biting and chewing
- Prevent remaining teeth from shifting out of position